Walk-A-Thon brings friends together
by W. Winston Skinner
Shaderecka Grier loves pink, likes to blow bubbles and has a yen for books about Spongebob Squarepants.
The 7-year-old second grader sings in the Sunbeam Choir and is part of the Praise Dance team at Zion Hill Baptist Church near Luthersville. Shaderecka has lots of family and friends who love her — and she needs a new kidney. About 75 people came to the Luthersville Municipal Complex on Sept. 19 to take part in a walk-a-thon to raise funds for Shaderecka’s kidney transplant.
Shaderecka’s mother Shamika Hines will be donating one of her kidneys. Mother and daughter both took part in the walking event, both sporting pink T-shirts. Shaderecka explained that pink was chosen for the shirts because pink is her favorite color.
Luthersville Fire Chief Roy Haney drove the firetruck which led the group from the city complex — housed in a former school building on Wortham Road — up the street to Highway 27, then to Oak Street and back to the city hall parking lot.
Hines said she learned her daughter had nephrophthisis, a chronic kidney condition, early this year. “She was drinking a lot, really thirsty and tired,” Hines said.
Nephrophthisis is a genetic condition — mainly found in children.
Plans have already been made for the surgery at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Hines said a date has not yet been set, but the doctors hope to do the surgery “as soon as possible.”
Shaderecka’s father is Dereck Grier. Her grandparents are Konrad Hines and Linda Hines. Linda Hines was a longtime kindergarten teacher in Luthersville.
Walk-a-thon participants included friends from church, classmates and teachers from Unity Elementary and other friends and family. One of those walking was Dedrida “Deb” Grier, who also needs a kidney and is awaiting a match.
Insurance will cover much of the costs for Shaderecka’s surgery, but some expenses will not be covered. Among those will the monthly maintenance medication costs in the $1,200-$2,000 range.
Contributions to Benefit Shaderecka Grier can be made at any PNC Bank branch or sent to Linda Hines, 2117 Gold Mine Rd., Grantville, GA 30220.
The next fundraiser for Shaderecka will be a motorcycle ride. Kasey Calhoun, the school nurse at Unity Elementary, said the ride will be “starting at Unity and traveling to Pine Mountain.”
The ride will be Oct. 19 and will start at 10 a.m. at the school. For information, call LaToya Phillips at 678-850-6268, Linda Hines at 770-583-2059, Shamika Hines at 770-530-9905 or LaTasha Colton at 706-977-5825..